Artist reception today for “Wood, Wool and Warriors” |

Artist reception today for “Wood, Wool and Warriors”

Lilly Vigil Gallery will host an artist reception for “Wood, Wool and Warriors” from 4-7 p.m. today in Nevada City. “Wood, Wool and Warriors” combines the artistic talents of three artists; sculptor Craig Martinez, weaver Sergio Martinez and painter Raymond Nordwall. It is a unique combination of the three artists’ passion for native traditions and contemporary ideas in their chosen mediums. There will be a weaving demonstration by Sergio today as well. The show is part of the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, and will run through the end of October.

Craig Martinez was a self employed graphic artist and art director for 28 years in Sacramento. He made a life changing decision to leave his design studio and teach in order to pursue his heartfelt passion to make art, according to his bio.

Martinez’s sculptures and paintings are mistakes, cuts, scratches and mismatched pieces piled upon each other. His work is about the human condition, 1800s America history, the human spirit and American Indian spirituality.

”In essence, I believe in redemption. The sum total is a piece of art that I hope is unique and beautiful,” Martinez said of his work.

The spirit and culture of the Native American lives in the work of Santa Fe artist Raymond Nordwall.

Of Pawnee and Ojibwe heritage, he is known for his contemporary and bold depictions of traditional cultures. Nordwall is recognized for his stunning monotype creations, blending the modern art of printing with more traditional oil pastels and pencil.

He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the prestigious honor of creating the 2000 poster image for the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Sergio Martinez is a master weaver and designer of heirloom quality tapestries. He comes from a cultural lineage of Zapotec weavers from Teotitlán del Valle, a small traditional Zapotec village in the Central Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. He has worked as a professional weaver, colorist and rug designer for more than 20 years. His art has been featured in countless design and interior decorating books and has been on the cover of Architectural Digest Magazine three times. Each piece is original and hand woven with the finest churro wool and natural and Swiss aniline dyes. Sergio’s original designs are influenced and inspired by elements that are native to indigenous peoples throughout the world which include the ethnic groups of Guatemala, Bolivia, the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and the Showa tribe in Zaire.

The Lilly Vigil Gallery is located at 214 Broad St. in Nevada City. For more information, go to

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